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I would like to lock an important Document in Google Drive, so that modification I made in fly-by-mistakes don't get saved. I am the owner of the document.

Is this possible? Or is there a feature request for it somewhere?

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If you are the owner, how would you lock yourself from the doc? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jan 3 '13 at 11:44
How about exporting the document as a PDF, which you save to your Google Drive? – Vidar S. Ramdal Jan 3 '13 at 13:03
@JacobJanTuinstra If I am the owner, a doc locked is a doc that I can not change until I unlock it with specific switch. – ALJI Mohamed Jan 3 '13 at 17:37
A simpler solution, to me, would be to make a copy of the document. Edit one document. Only copy it to the other document when desired. Do you regularly turn off the auto-save feature of other office software? – Al E. Jan 4 '13 at 1:45
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Publishing is one way to prevent unwanted changes. The other way (if this is a Document) is to open it in View mode.

For example, when you open a document you should see the edit mode:


If you enter the URL with view at the end then it will open for you in View-only:


It's not an elegant solution, but I thought I'd leave it here.

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good to know! (y) – OrangeBox Jan 4 '13 at 5:00
is there a way to always open it in View Mode or Edit Mode via a button or Menu item ? – ALJI Mohamed Jan 4 '13 at 11:14
Unfortunately no, the link always opens based on the permissions set in the doc. Since you're the owner, it will always default to "edit" – OnenOnlyWalter Jan 4 '13 at 17:59
This doesn't work for me. If I change the URL to view, I can still edit. – sixtyfootersdude May 12 '15 at 19:13

This is now offered as an option in Google Docs:

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(sorry about all of the blanked out personal info - ugly).

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This should be the accepted answer. – Philip Durbin Oct 8 '15 at 13:35

You can use this solution : http://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/37095/29140.

De-select the automatic re-publish option:
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Now every time you can check and dubble check before publishing.

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it is a google document not google sheet. – ALJI Mohamed Jan 3 '13 at 15:40
The same is applicable to docs !! – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jan 3 '13 at 15:49

What about creating another account that owns the document? Then you can lock it however you want. Of course to edit locked sections you'll have to switch to that account. I can't quite tell from the question if this does what you want, and I can't really tell if this thread is still active either...

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you are not serious ? another account for a simple lock ... anyway you can see that the question have been already set as answered , check the FAQ of the website to learn more – ALJI Mohamed Jul 8 '15 at 18:14
A second account is free, quick to set up and quick to switch to. It gives you complete ability to lock it as you see fit. I can't tell if you need to lock/unlock constantly, or just periodically. I don't know if the "View" setting alluded to above is persistent, it sounded like you might need to set it every time you open the document, and it will only be document-wide: with locking you could lock parts you don't want changed and actively edit other parts. Just mentioning the option. – KeithKeithBoBeith Jul 9 '15 at 19:22

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